Clinical study of experimentally induced vitamin E and selenium deficiency in Awassi ewes and their newborn lambs

H.K. Abood, A. M. H. Judi and A.A. AL-Ani

  • H. K. Abood College of Veterinary Medicine, Baghdad University
Keywords: vitamin E, selenium, awasi ewe, deficiency.

Abstract

Experimental induction of vitamin E and selenium deficiency by deficient diet was carried out on Awassi ewes and their newborn lambs. The clinical signs were characterized by sudden death in 4 lambs out of 14 lambs in deficient group and other lambs showed a variable signs included inability to suckle, arched back, weakness, dullness, emaciation and recumbency. Serum selenium and vitamin E levels of these lambs were 0.01 ppm and 0.34 mg/L respectively. The clinical signs in ewes included loss of body weight and loss of wool, Weakness, dullness and recumbency. Serum selenium and vitamin E levels of these ewes were 0.02 ppm and 0.61mg/L respectively. It was concluded that vitamin E and selenium are essential antioxidants and their deficiency exposes the sheep industry to many serious losses.

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Published
2012-12-31
How to Cite
Abood, H. (2012). Clinical study of experimentally induced vitamin E and selenium deficiency in Awassi ewes and their newborn lambs. The Iraqi Journal of Veterinary Medicine, 36(2), 158-162. https://doi.org/10.30539/iraqijvm.v36i2.458
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